(Ottawa) The Bloc Québécois and the New Democratic Party (NDP) refuse to participate in consultations regarding the appointment of a “special independent rapporteur” to decide whether a public inquiry into foreign interference is necessary.
According to leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, it should not be until this person that Justin Trudeau is going to set up to decide whether a public and independent question on the matter is necessary, because the three opposition parties passed it in motion. in the meeting.
Thus he refused the invitation to consult, which he communicated to the Prime Minister by letter.
“The question today is not whether a commission of inquiry should be created in the wake of revelations about Chinese interference in the next two federal elections, but when it will be created and who will be the commissioner,” the leader said. A letter dated the 14th cal.
The Bloc Québécois will cooperate “fully and completely” once the public and independent investigation is announced, and “will be happy to submit to you the names of the candidates who will be chosen by the House to occupy the position of commissioner”, concludes Chef Blanchet.
The same is true in the NDP camp.
“But we did not share names. We believe that it belongs to the public interest. What we want is a public question – this is the only way to get to the bottom of things, said Eric Demers, NDP communications director.
The Conservative Party had not yet announced its intentions when these lines were issued, on Tuesday, MPs, supported by the Conservative Bloc, insisted on the committee to hear the testimony of Katie Telford, chief of staff to Justin Trudeau. .
Liberals lingered there – long monologues not always relevant – for days. They take the opportunity to present arguments against public and independent investigations, including the funding and duration of such exercises.
The message “in a few days”
The Prime Minister announced more than a week ago that he would appoint a “prominent Canadian” to decide whether to open a public inquiry into foreign interference. He finally took the side of the opposing party for counsel.
On the sidelines of the announcement in Nova Scotia on Tuesday, Justin Trudeau said the appointment was “a matter of days.”